No room for snow, so Beaconsfield will melt it

Out of room in the snow dump, the city of Beaconsfield plans to melt it and pour it into the sewer.

The city purchased an industrial snow-melting machine. In promotional videos for the device, it looks like a tractor-trailer with a giant hot tub attached. It burns diesel fuel to heat a chamber into which snow is dropped or blown.

Once melted, the city said it plans to pour the water into its sewers.

According to Marie-Claude Desrochers from Beaconsfield Public Works, the snow-melter cost the city $600,000, but she said it's cheaper than building a dump.

"Just buying the land is around a million, and to construct a field that's to regulations it's about two million dollars. And then you have to maintain it every year so that's about $50,000," she said.

Pierre-Elliot Trudeau airport already operates some of the machines. So does the STM.